I for one cannot remember my first immunization shot, or the pain that followed. I can, however, guarantee that I must have acted like my nephew. Today I enjoy the benefits of good health due to the shots I have received. Not to long ago, I went to visit another “distant nephew” in the hospital. He was five years old. Upon further inquiry of his illness, we found out he contracted tetanus because he had not been given his immunization shot. Unfortunately, there was no cure for him. He passed away a week after being hospitalized.
The two experiences made me contemplate! On one hand, my seven week old nephew endured his pain in order to live, while the other did not take his shot, and he died.
So how does this experience relate to our Christian walk? Just like a doctor or nurse who has the bigger picture of why we need these shots, God has the bigger picture of why we go through “shots” in life. He wants to build our “immune system” so that when the “viruses” of life attack us, we do not succumb to death, but we are prepared to face the tests and live. God allows shot such as a struggle with sickness, a failed marriage, unemployment-fill in the blanks. And for what reason? Paul has the answer:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
So with every scream we make thinking God does not care because His massage feels like murder or our temperature (attitude), is rising, just remember the reason why. Just like my nephew Nate, the shots are painful but necessary for survival.
The Psalmist reminds us of this one thing. “I would have fainted unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. “ He then tells us to “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous! Yes wait patiently for the Lord.” (Psalm 27: 13-14).
So here we are. Are there shots we have been avoiding? What are the consequences of our actions?